Davao to Manila passenger shipping route now open to the public

2GO's St. Michael the Archangel (photo credit to owner)

Manila, Philippines – Good news to the public as the Manila-Davao-Manila route reopens.

Together with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), has officially announced the reopening of the Davao-Manila Passenger Shipping Route on October 28.

The riding public will now have an option since the current easiest way to reach Davao then is through the much expensive flying the commercial airlines

The government wants to address the lack of an accessible route that has been unavailable for years.

The reestablishment of the said route aims to connect Luzon to Mindanao, give passengers more travel options, and lower the prices of goods and commodities with the accessibility of freight containers from Manila to the province of Davao and vice versa.

“Matagal na pong nawala ang Manila-Davao pero sa panahon ni Pangulong Duterte bubuksan po ulit natin ‘yan. Currently, the easiest way to reach Davao from Manila is through flying and some of our people cannot afford that. We want Luzon to be interconnected with Mindanao to likewise increase economic activity,” DOTr Secretary Tugade, said.

The operations will be run by the 2GO Group Inc., while St. Michael the Archangel will ply the route it has 1,900 passenger capacity and can take TEUs of containers.

President Rodrigo Duterte led the inauguration along with his cabinet members.

Coinciding with it, PPA will also launch the new and improved Passenger Terminal Building in Sasa Wharf in Davao.

he Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) in Sasa wharf in Davao will “house modern facilities such as a pre-departure waiting area, screening areas for passengers and baggage, boarding gates, and clean comfort rooms. It is now ready to provide a convenient and comfortable experience to port passengers.”

Source: DOTR

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